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CEDU affiliate kills another kid
« on: October 17, 2002, 01:01:00 PM »
Newshawk: Suzy Wills
Pubdate: 10-17-02
Source: Dallas Morning News
Webpage Reference: ... 682ea.html
Death of teen at therapy facility investigated

Richardson 17-year-old died being restrained by staff in Hill Country  


By TANYA EISERER / The Dallas Morning News  

Authorities are investigating Monday's death of a 17-year-old Richardson youth who died while being restrained by staff members at a rural Hill Country program for troubled youths.

Charles "Chase" Moody died on the grounds of On Track, a private therapeutic program on a 6,000-acre former exotic-game preserve near Mason.

"We all want to ... understand what happened so this never happens again," said Marguerite Sallee, president and chief executive officer of The Brown Schools, a company based in Nashville, Tenn., that owns and operates On Track.

Law enforcement officials could not be reached for comment Wednesday night.

Charles Moody, the boy's father, said he has many unanswered questions.

"I want the truth to come out," said Mr. Moody, a Dallas lawyer. "I certainly wonder whether it could have been prevented."

He said his son, who had been having drug, alcohol and anger management problems, had been in the program for about a week.

Company officials said two staff members put the teen into a "physical hold" after he became physically and verbally aggressive. Staff members then called 911 for help.

By the time officers arrived, the youth was having difficulty breathing and paramedics were called, but he died before they arrived, company officials said.

Ms. Sallee said she thinks the preliminary investigation indicates that staff members followed proper procedures. She said she has met with a Texas Ranger who was investigating the death.

Mr. Moody's parents were immediately notified, as were the parents of the six other youths at the facility, company officials said.

On Track is a 28-day program for struggling youths between the ages of 13 and 17. The camp usually accommodates between five and 15 youths.

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